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MPs must seize control of the Brexit calamity. Mrs May has already lost it | Andrew Rawnsley | Opinion

The EU has given Britain a breathing space. It is imperative that it is used to find an escape from this nightmareA symbolic casualty of Britain’s rolling, roiling Brexit debacle is the “commemorative” 50p coin bearing the date 29 March 2019, which the government had planned to release. It was one of their more idiotic ideas to put such an item in the nation’s pockets and purses when the country is so divided and its destiny is swirled with such a dense fog of uncertainty. The coin is now as red...

Once more Balmedie prepares to fight Trump on the beaches | Kevin McKenna | UK news

A record number of locals objected to the US president’s development near his Aberdeenshire golf course – to no avail. But the struggle goes onThe word “douce” sits easily alongside a place like Balmedie, but would never be seen within a million miles of Donald Trump or any of his enterprises. Yet this pleasant coastal village a few miles north of Aberdeen is at risk of forever being associated with America’s pantomime president and the locals are aghast at the prospect.Last week planning offici...

Woman behind Brexit petition to revoke article 50 receives death threats | Politics

Online petition attracts more than 4m signatures as Margaret Georgiadou is forced to close Facebook accountFollow live updates on the People’s Vote marchThe woman behind the petition to revoke article 50 has said she is scared and has been forced to close her Facebook account after receiving multiple death threats for launching the challenge to Brexit.Margaret Georgiadou, who described herself as a frustrated remainer, set up the online petition in late February, calling for the UK government to...

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From March 24 to 30, you can pick up one of two models of the great Corsair's Void Pro gaming headset on a sweet discount. One of Corsair's best mechanical keyboards is also on sale this week -- at a steep discount. The post Save big on Corsair gaming headsets and a premium keyboard appeared first on Digital Trends.

Christchurch shows how social media sites help spread the poison of far-right ideology | John Naughton | Opinion

The atrocity in New Zealand was carried out by a man fully aware of the power of the internetThe aftermath of the Christchurch atrocity brought significant media coverage of the attempts made by the tech companies, especially Facebook and YouTube, to take down the alleged killer’s video livestream and his so-called manifesto. These narratives had two subtexts. The first was to impress us with the sheer scale of the task. The second was implicitly to convey the public-spirited dedication of the e...

May can’t shirk the blame for a Brexit crisis she created | William Keegan | Business

Her attempt to frighten everyone by talking up no-deal amounts to almost criminal negligence with the economy‘People,” a civil servant friend of mine once observed, “are divided into two distinct groups: those who blame others, and those who blame themselves.”After her preposterous address to the nation last Wednesday evening, it is abundantly clear to which group Theresa May belongs. She blames others, not least those of her fellow elected representatives who are trying to prevent her sacrifici...

Does Britain really want an isolated future, buffeted by forces beyond our control? | Will Hutton | Opinion

In a world dominated by power blocs, the country would struggle to make its voice heardLeave our shores and Brexit appears even more hopelessly strange – and the people perpetrating it even more peculiar – than they do when you are at home. In Asia, where I have spent the past week, figures such as Boris Johnson and Jacob Rees-Mogg are seen as curiosities with views that are openly risible. Of course it’s stupid to leave the world’s biggest trading bloc and make your now lonely future dependent ...

Protesters target Royal Naval College over Sackler opioid cash | Culture

Campaigning artist Nan Goldin says Greenwich museums will be ‘judged harshly’ if they keep the drug maker’s family name on new exhibition spaceAmerican artist Nan Goldin’s campaign group has urged the Royal Naval College in Greenwich to take down the tainted Sackler name from the newly renovated building it has unveiled this weekend and to refuse money from “this ghoulish clan” in future. Two branches of the wealthy family are behind the production of the controversial addictive opioid painkille...

Dr Alien, PhD: the horror classic that academia loves | Film

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the sci-film inspires an industry of papers, talks and researchIt has scared generations of filmgoers; triggered sequels, prequels, computer games and graphic novels; and made a star of Sigourney Weaver. But most of all, the film Alien – which is about to celebrate the 40th anniversary of its first screening – has spawned an academic industry unsurpassed by any other film.Over the past four decades, dozens of books, hundreds of journal articles and innumer...

Running among the ruins: seeing Cambodia at a trot | Travel

A dawn jog around the magnificent temples of Angkor is the perfect way to meet an ancient country with deep rootsTemple Run is a relentlessly addictive computer game. The concept is simple enough. You’ve stolen a cursed idol from an ancient crumbling temple and now you have to run for your life to escape the evil monkeys gnashing at your heels. The temple run I am doing, however, is much slower, far less frantic and it only features a handful of snoozing macaques. But it is so infinitely more li...

To look on the bright side of life, Britain should copy Finland | Rachel Kelly | Opinion

The happiness report offers doleful Brits wise advice on how we can perk ourselves upHow can we be more Finnish? Last week, the World Happiness Report found that the Finns are officially the world’s happiest people for the second year running. Meanwhile, the UK has – improbably perhaps – risen five places, from 19th to 15th, while the US has dropped one place down to 19th. Those in South Sudan, unsurprisingly after years of intense civil war, are the unhappiest of all.The report ranks countries ...

The five: magnetoreceptive animals | Technology

Scientists have discovered that humans may be able to pick up on the Earth’s magnetic field. Here are some other species with animal magnetismLast week, researchers from the California Institute of Technology announced that they believe humans have the ability to pick up on the Earth’s magnetic field – a power known as magnetoreception. In an experiment, participants’ brains were described as “freaking out” when the magnetic field was changed unexpectedly. Continue reading...

Advice for Brexit bosses who fear they ‘can’t get the staff’ | Business

Avoiding the B word, (no, not Barcelona) will be tricky at the British Chambers of Commerce conference this weekAs aficionados of 1970s situation comedy know well, Basil Fawlty did not support the UK’s entering the “continent”, but graciously pledged to make as good a stab at it as he could.“I didn’t vote for it myself, quite honestly, but now that we’re in I’m determined to make it work,” he told a family of unfortunate German visitors staying at his terrible Torquay hotel. That was just after ...

The big picture: a civil-rights ‘stall-in’, Harlem, 1964 | Art and design

Steven Schapiro’s shot of a protest against the New York World’s Fair was taken on a cross-country trip with James BaldwinThe publication of James Baldwin’s book of essays The Fire Next Time in 1963 lit the touchpaper for the civil rights movement. “Colour is not a human or a personal reality; it is a political reality,” Baldwin wrote and argued that for civilisation to cave in “it is not necessary that people be wicked but only that they be spineless”. Steve Schapiro, then a young freelance pho...

Weekly poll results: periscope cameras will be a hit

People are excited about periscope cameras - last week's poll shows that the high zoom levels they enable will be a key consideration the time comes to buy a new phone. There are plenty of phones with a tele camera on the market right now, but they are almost exclusively 2x. From the comments it's pretty clear that the excitement about periscope cameras will be much higher if they offered smooth zoom. There have been such cameras in the past (e.g. the Zenfone Zoom), but the upcoming crop of ...

As Tory MPs plot May’s downfall, her last allies battle for her survival | Politics

Holed up in Chequers this weekend, the PM has few moves left to ensure her continuation in power – or the relevance of her dealMembers of Theresa May’s cabinet believe she will have to resign this week should she allow a shift towards a soft Brexit, with angry Tory MPs examining ways to end her premiership.The prime minister’s few remaining allies were engaged on Saturday night in a desperate battle to shore up her position, warning MPs that forcing May out would “tip the country into a general ...

My wife and I don’t have sex, and I have secretly been buying women’s clothes | Life and style

Until you test your the boundaries of your desires, you’ll be perpetually dissatisfied, says Mariella FrostrupThe dilemma I am a man in my late 50s. I am youthful and go to concerts, festivals and art exhibitions. I have been married for 34 years. My wife and I get along quite well. We share a sense of humour, talk often and holiday together. But there has been no sex between us for 15 years. I have always been a sensitive and feminine man. I like emotional movies, poetry, women’s clothes and so...

Silencing Islamophobes is as futile a response as banning the Qur’an | Kenan Malik | Opinion

Much of the reaction to Christchurch has wrongly sought to censor far-right hatredWhat drove Brenton Tarrant, the Christchurch gunman, to commit his heinous acts? It’s a question that has, understandably, occupied much media space . A key debate has been over the role of anti-Muslim hatred and its entrenchment in mainstream society.In an open letter, Britain’s counter-terror chief, Neil Basu, called out the mainstream media for the “messaging” that fuels far-right terrorists. It’s a theme echoed...

At last, women are winning in sport | Opinion

From football punditry to Cheltenham’s turf, there’s a changed mood. Even the negative headines are a sign of equal treatmentPick up any newspaper from the last five years and you will see countless interviews with sportsmen, and pictures running alongside in which they look thoughtful, determined and serious. Once upon a time, the only way a sportswoman would be featured was smiling, wearing her “everyday” clothes or a pretty dress .But recent evidence suggests that women are no longer being tr...

Supermarkets urged to stop stalling over glitter sales ban | Environment

Big retailers must back customers’ wishes and phase out microplastics, campaigners say as petition is launchedIt is a familiar adornment of both Mother’s Day and Easter gifts, and brings dustings of sparkle to everything from children’s craft projects to greetings cards and even flowers and pot plants. But campaigners are calling for a ban on glitter, branding it an environmental scourge that contains damaging microplastics.“Glitter might look lovely but, because it’s plastic, it sticks around ...

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